Introduction: Q-tip Star

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A challenge for fiddly fingers.
Please watch the video and see how it works! Needed are only 5 Q-tips for each star. And no tools but your fingers. So start trying!

Step 1: Bending

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Prepare all q tips by bending the to left and right , in a zig-zag way

Step 2: The Easy Part

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Take first Q-tip and lay it down on work surface. Lay second Q-tip over the top. Think of an "A" to determine direction.
weave through the third Q-tip and push it to the top as much as possible

Step 3: Bit Tricky

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Weave in the fourth Q tip. This construction should be stable.

Step 4: The Really Tricky Part

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Weave in the last q-tip. Hold everything down and in place while doing this. Note that the tips on the bottom left side must be reversed to lock the fifth Q-tip in place.


easy but creative

chuckstake (author)2014-12-23

nice and simple love it

aceammar (author)2013-12-29


neo71665 (author)2013-12-29

We used to make "throwing stars" out of popsicle sticks like this when I was a kid. They would hit something then blow apart.

assemblyrequired (author)2013-12-27

Very clever, and a fun way to use up Q-tips! thanks for posting.

AngryRedhead (author)2013-12-27

This is great! I bet kids could learn some great dexterity skills doing this project and make some fun ornaments! Does it matter if you use paper or plastic q-tips?

I didn't even realize there are paper ones. Don't know how that works. Mine are plastic.

By paper, I mean like sucker sticks, and thanks for the clarification! I thought the plastic kind would be necessary but couldn't be sure. :)

you really need the thicker parts at the end. Drinking straws and such won't lock. They keep slipping away. Very annoying.

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Bio: Technics/ arts and crafts teacher at a school for mentally disordered young adults.
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